The Stone House Country Estate welcomes you. More than five hundred years of family and property history.
The old Tudor Manor House was constructed in 1495 by the Roberts Dunn family, who received the one thousand-acre estate as a gift from Henry VIII after the priory of Warbleton was destroyed. The Priory, located in the centre of the estate, was transformed into a farmhouse over time. Peter Dunn transformed the home into The Priory Hotel, a modest country house hotel with an exceptional reputation, in the 1970s. The Priory is currently a private residence once more.
In 1735, a spectacular Georgian wing was added to the ancient Tudor manor at the family’s residence, Stone House, producing the perfect blend of Tudor splendour and Georgian opulence.
From the damp cellar to the servant quarters on the second floor, the unique characteristics of two important periods of English history have been preserved throughout the entire property. Stone House and numerous estate features are currently listed as Grade II*.
Stone House has traditionally been a working estate that provides good winter shooting and grazing on the parkland, in addition to being a family residence.
It was a successful pre-prep school for many years.
The school bell may still be found in the kitchen next to the AGA, where it is frequently used to call for order
In the 1980s, Peter and Jane Dunn established their family home Stone House as a small, intimate country house hotel specialising in the finest food, wine, and service, following the success of The Priory Hotel.
Jane, who is now retired, is a member of the Guild of British Master Chefs. She has taught culinary courses and entertained many prominent clientele, such as Marco Pierre White and Rick Stein, who recorded one of his food hero television programmes with Jane in the kitchen.
Sadly Peter is no longer with us and Jane is enjoying a well-deserved retirement. So 2022 heralds the latest development in the estate’s on-going history as an exclusive use venue for weddings and other memorable family celebrations, baby-naming ceremonies, private dinner parties, classic afternoon teas, corporate hospitality and a stunning two period location for film, TV and photo shoots.
The Georgian walled kitchen garden forms part of the more extensive formal gardens. Sadly these have not been kept as well as they should in recent years. They are now a work in progress. Full restoration will take several years, but a good start has been made.
Not many properties in England, let alone East Sussex can boast they have been owned by the same family since the first stone was laid back in 1495.